A French court found 75-year-old Monique Olivier guilty of complicity in two murders and kidnapping and sentenced her to life imprisonment. The woman, who was already serving another life sentence, allegedly helped her ex-husband, a serial killer known as the “Ogre of the Ardennes”, commit crimes.
The verdict was handed down during a hearing held on Monday in one of the Parisian courts. Monique Olivier was accused of complicity in the murders of 20-year-old British woman Joanna Parish in 1990 and 18-year-old Marie-Angele Domece in 1988, as well as of assisting in the 2003 kidnapping of 9-year-old Estelle Mouzin, whose body was never found .
Wife of the “Ogre of the Ardennes” sentenced
Investigators determined that Michel Fourniret, the ex-husband of Monique Olivier, was behind all these crimes. Fourniret died in 2021, before his death he confessed to committing a total of 11 murders. The media nicknamed him “The Ogre of the Ardennes”.
During Monday’s hearing, a Paris court found Olivier guilty of all the crimes she was accused of. She was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole before 20 years. The BBC reminds that the 75-year-old is currently serving another life sentence, related to her husband’s previous murders in which she participated.
– I regret everything I’ve done. I am asking the victims’ families for forgiveness, although I know that my actions cannot be forgiven, said Olivier, quoted by the BBC, before the verdict.
The Ogre of the Ardennes murders
Olivier and Fourniret met when Monique began writing letters to her future husband while he was in prison. He was put behind bars in 1984 and was convicted of multiple sexual assaults.
Six weeks after his release in 1987, 17-year-old Isabelle Laville disappeared while returning from school to the outskirts of Auxerre. It was discovered that she had been drugged, raped and strangled. She was the first victim of Olivier and Fourniret.
The couple was arrested in Belgium in 2003 after a kidnapped 17-year-old girl escaped from Fourniret’s car and gave details to police. A year later, Olivier told investigators that Fourniret had killed Marie-Angela Domece and Joanna Parrish. Both murder cases were reopened and new charges were brought against the Ogre of the Bulge. In a series of unresolved cases from 2018-2020 Fourniret confessed to killing Parrish, Domece and Mouzin.
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